Alluring, sensual, disturbing and ghostly are just some of the words that come to mind while viewing the portfolio of stark, minimalist still life portraits by Australian photographer Petrina Hicks. These stunning, painterly images beautifully blend the classic and contemporary.

Hicks' soft, feminine and alluringly ethereal images transcend the boundaries of portraiture, conceptualizing classic beauty with her own unique style; an exploration of the portrait which blends hyper-real, edgy and sometimes disturbing imagery with classic, editorial-style portraiture.

The use of milky white juxtaposed with muted colors and carefully selected color contrasts gives Hicks' portraits an eerie, otherworldly quality. Using large scale, glossy images, Hicks beautifully contrasts the idea of perfection and commercialism, seduction and consumption.